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Power Steering Return Hose May Leak at Radiator Cooler Fitting on Mercedes-Benz ML320

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The power steering return hose may leak at the radiator cooler fitting. If the clamp is not properly tightened, the hose can blow off, causing increased steering effort and a mess under the hood.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 145,662 (45,000–215,000)
6 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003
32 people reported this problem
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power steering leak.
i found a recall on power steering leak,
recall # 08v465000
power steering hose connection recall MB
always have to put power steering flued
I'm loosing power steering fluid and I did an inspection and found a small hole in the radiator and power steering fluid was coming out of that hole
I have the same problem with my 2000 ML320 Power Steering leaks all the time. I have to carry a bottle of fluid with me at all times but know one can seem to find where the leak is coming from.
When making a turn very hard to do with plenty of fluid
hose old and worn, hose clamp caused hose to rip
The problem has gotten increasingly worse, we have to keep bottle of power steering fluid in the car with us at all times because of how fast it leaks out, I did not realize other people was having this problem
Joy
same problem
exact same issue with power steering return hose
it happened twice, first when it was around 45000 miles, second time it happened when it was 62000 miles
Transmission cooler line leaking at radiator causing fluid to be sucked into air box.